Doja Cat, an LA-based singer and songwriter, has amassed over 2.5 million Instagram followers who regularly tune into her Instagram Live videos to hear her sing improvised songs about getting strep throat, animals, or really anything she’s in the mood for. Besides her spontaneous social media songs, Doja has created quite the catalog of music.
1. Her Real Name Is Amala Zandile Dlamini
Although her name may have been given to her by her Jewish-American mom and South African dad, Doja elected to take on a stage name and persona. Doja explained “I was heavily addicted to weed and weed culture, so when I began rapping I thought of the word ‘doja’ and how it sounds like a girl’s name.”
2. Her Music Influences Include Rihanna and D’Angelo
Other artists she has cited as inspiring her are Drake, Nicki Minaj, Pharell, and Erykah Badu, who may have been influence for her sexually explicit and open nature.
3. Her South African Heritage Influences Some of Her Music Choices
She said her heritage is sometimes used to sample other genres of music to make something entirely new, claiming, “Yeah, this album is a lot more African influenced. I can sample Blink-182 but put an African vocal sample in there. The whole song feels like you’re in a tropical forest.”
4. Her Favorite Memes Aren’t Her Own
Although Doja is well known from her meme/music video hybrid “Mooo!” she tells Crack magazine her favorite internet meme is the “it’s an avocaaado!” video. Her digital presence is riddled with meme-esque references, which gives her the chance to really engage with her fanbase.
5. Before Singing, She Tried Dancing
Doja admitted to trying her hand in break dancing at a young age. Doja told Dazed, “I danced in a crew and competed around Los Angeles in organized underground cypher/battles.”
6. Her Biggest Turn On? A Really Big Nose
Although she hasn’t gone into detail for why, she said that she wants a partner with a big nose.
7. Her Favorite Feeling Is When Her “Pants Fit Just Right”
“I struggle a lot because I have a really fat ass and nothing else on my body matches it. It’s like I’ve stolen someone else’s lower half. If I find pants that hug everything and act as Spanx, nobody can f*ck with me, I’m on top of the world,” said Doja.
8. Her Fashion and Music Aesthetic Is ’90s Inspired
If you check out her Instagram feed, you’ll see quite a lot of neon, bodysuits, Clueless-like outfits.